Things are going to be verrrry quiet around these parts (and the shop, and instagram) for the next couple of weeks, as I will be on vacation.
The shop will be back open on Friday, May 5th. Normal posting should resume sometime around then, too.
See you in a few weeks!
A few years ago, I painted this pugloaf:
It’s been one of my best selling prints. People seem to like it. 😀
Things never stay quite the same, though. I’ve been painting and changing things up constantly since I painted this. I recently took a Sketchbook Skool course that tasked me with working over an old painting. I love the idea, and I’ve been turning it around in my head ever since. So I made this:
Pugloaf 2017! This was a really, really fun one to work on. I may have to revisit this painting in a few years and do it again.
Here’s a photo of the nearly finished original sitting on my desk yesterday:
Okay! Taking a few deep breaths here, because I am extremely anxious, but:
Pug Love: A (Mostly) Pug Coloring Book is out now!
Pug Love: A (Mostly) Pug Coloring Book features 30 all new hand drawn illustrations for you to color. As stated in the title, it’s mostly pugs, with a few French Bulldogs, Boston Terriers and a few other cute dogs to add variety. Pug Love makes an excellent gift for any pug lover!
This book features a variety of illustration styles and difficulty levels, so there’s something for everyone! Some pages feature very complex images, and some have a decent amount of white space – the better to add in your own patterns and doodles, or to focus on the main image (or simply to have some pages not take hours to complete – it’s up to you, the coloring artist!) It also comes with a link to exclusive downloadable extras.
Here’s a peek at all the pages:
- 30 unique hand drawn illustrations by artist Claire Chambers
- Single sided pages – 62 total
- The book measures 8.5″ x 11”
- The exact dog contents: 23 pages feature exclusively pugs, 2 pages features pugs with other dogs, and the remaining 5 feature Boston Terriers and French Bulldogs.
- The illustrations are drawn in a variety of styles, from doodles to patterns to painterly portraits.
- The pages feature a variety of difficulty levels as well – from basic to very detailed and advanced. Something for every mood!
- This book focuses on quirky dog portraits. There’s also a lot of pugs with food imagery, and a few different Pugicorns. (Unicorn pugs. Part time unicorns. Unipugs. Whatever you like to call them.)
- All exclusive designs you won’t find in any other coloring book
- A link to downloadable bonus pages!
You can pick up your very own lovely printed copy on Amazon right now, or an instantly downloadable printable directly from me.
Look, here’s a button:
Get your very own copy now!
Let the pug coloring fun begin!
For the last painting in the series, this precious pug painting:
Mixed media on canvas
100 / 100 Days of Dog Doodles
6″ x 8″
She comes by her name both ironically and by a little piece of the original page that is still visible: What Metal Is The Most Valuable? and So Precious are still clearly visible under the layers.
Ironically because one important thing I’ve learned through daily(ish) painting is that you can’t afford to be too precious with your work, or else you will drive yourself insane. I don’t have hours on end to work, just a tiny patch in the morning if I’m lucky. (Today, I was not lucky. What 6 year old wakes up at 6 in the morning all on her own? Come on!)
And yet, that is how I have worked for too long. Trying so hard to get everything just. so. It’s like a straight jacket. This whole series has been about working towards looser and looser expression for me. More and more authentic, more and more flow. Less and less perfectionism.
She is available in the shop if you’re looking for a unique and precious little painting for your own walls.
Now the project is over. Done. 100 dog paintings, finished! Whoosh! Very, very few of them were actually doodles.
I don’t know what to do next. I have a stack of notebooks crammed full of ideas, though. I think the very next thing is to take a breather. A breather that is going to include a little vacation, a creative workshop, and hopefully a visit to the Visionary Art Museum.
NO WAIT SORRY: the very, VERY next thing is happening tomorrow in the form of a book release. See you then! (And then, a breather.)
ONE MORE THING:
I thought it would be interesting to see day 1 and day 100 next to each other.
(You can also easily see the whole series here)
No. 99 is this flowery little pug lady:
Gouache on canvas
99 / 100 Days of Dog Doodles
3″ x 3″
99! 99 out of 100! Dang! I am so tired, you guys.
Creative challenges like these are great, but they’re also like running a marathon (or so I imagine- I have exactly zero experience with marathons) in that at the end, you are happy that you finished the thing but you are so. tired. Also, people dump gatorade on you. Or am I thinking of something else?
You can own the original painting! Little Rosie is right here, just waiting for you.
My wheels are already turning about what the next thing is going to be… but the very, very next thing is to take a break. Recharge, refocus, etc. Well, after getting no. 100 finished, that is. And finally releasing that coloring book into the wild.